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Marysville Bulls fall to Mill Creek


Andrew Hines

Marysville's Jameson Murray throws a strike in the first inning against Mill Creek at Cedar Park on June 7.

In game 12 of the Strawberry Festival Tournament of Champions, the Marysville Bulls took on the Mill Creek Royals in Little League baseball. These two Majors division teams started the June 7 contest by battling back and forth early. With a quick three runs in the first from the Royals, the Bulls answered right back with two of their own. Unfortunately, Marysville was shut down the rest of the game behind the strong pitching from Mill Creek and lost the game by a score of 13-2.

"They had a dominate pitcher, and what we've seen lately hasn't been up to snuff with that. He came in strong, did his job, and did it well," said Head Coach Brandon Austin of the Marysville Bulls.

After the Bulls quick scores in the first inning, they were held at bay as they were shut out for the rest of the contest. The Royals played consistently the entire game as they scored in each inning, finally winning by the mercy rule in the bottom of the fifth.

Andrew Hines

Marysville's Jesse Guzman hits one into center field against Mill Creek at Cedar Park on June 7.

Despite losing the game there were a few standout players from the Bulls. Jameson Murray pitched for most of the game, tallying up three strikeouts while walking two batters. On the other side of the plate Payton Anderson, Dominic Gray and Myles Murray all contributed to the score. Anderson and Gray finished with the two RBIs in the game, while also hitting for a double and a single, respectively. Murray contributed on the base path as he hit for a double and grabbed a stolen base.

"Learning to deal with failure - baseball is a failure sport. You miss seven out of 10 times. You're going to get out. It's hard for them because they're used to success and everybody cheering them on. It's great to see them learn to deal with that. Watching kids learn and watching them understand something. Watching the kid who struggles hitting the ball finally hit one or watching a guy catch get a pop fly. That's why I do this," said Coach Austin.


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